#WhatIf I decided to stay inside my comfort zone and give up? Sam Sarelli

As we honour international women’s day on the 8th March “empowerFULL” is launching the #WhatIf campaign to support women’s empowerment journey.

The #WhatIf campaign aims to share stories of women who have followed their dreams regardless of their journey’s barriers.

Inspiring women from all around the world have shared a challenging question starting with #WhatIf and some tips on how they have challenged limiting beliefs. 

We present you with Samantha Sarelli Miss Connecticut Teen USA. She is an advocate of human rights, with a particular focus on the rights of human trafficking victims. She also has a social movement on Instagram called Spread Kindness with Sam & Victims without voices where she uses social media in a positive way to promote meaningful messages. You can find more about her work on her page. 

Carla Mumar founder of SCALE Solutions

#WhatIf I decided to stay inside my comfort zone and give up?

#WhatIf I decided to stay inside my comfort zone and give up? I am a huge believer that the best way we grow as individuals is by stepping outside of our comfort zone and taking healthy risks.

For years, I struggled with insecurities and low self-esteem due to bullying and never thought that I could be something great. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and start pageants.

Through pageants, I found my voice that I had lost for so many years. I finally won Miss Connecticut Teen USA after a few years of trying and never giving up.

Every failure, every setback, was only setting me up for my biggest comeback. I now have a voice to stand up for those without a voice and am a passionate advocate against human trafficking and bullying. I am so happy I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and that I never gave up on my dream.

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